Aug 12, 2012 11:01 PM
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's basketball standout Andre Iguodala and his USA Basketball teammates earned the Olympic gold medal Sunday with a 107-100 win over Spain in London.
Iguodala grabbed one rebound in three minutes of action in the seven-point win. The USA's finish gives Arizona its first-ever Olympic gold medal in basketball and its second medal in the sport overall. Richard Jefferson earned a bronze medal for the USA in 2004.
Iguodala, who completed his eighth season in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia 76ers, made his second consecutive appearance on a USA Basketball senior national team roster, as he also was a part of the gold-medal-winning 2010 FIBA World Championship squad.
He is the third former Wildcat to appear in the Olympic Games, and the second to represent the United States. In addition to Jefferson (1998-2001), Robertas Javtokas (1999-2000) was a member of the Lithuanian Olympic team in 2004 and 2008.
An Arizona letterwinner for two seasons (2002-04), averaged 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 62 collegiate appearances (34 starts). As a sophomore in 2003-04, he averaged 12.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and assists (4.9 apg). Iguodala was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection in 2004 and the ninth pick of the first round of the NBA Draft that season by Philadelphia.
Iguodala's gold medal boosted to four the number of medals won at the 2012 London Olympics by current or former Arizona athletes. He joins Alyssa Anderson (gold/women's swimming), Brigetta Barrett (silver/women's track & field) and Nick Thoman (silver/men's swimming.
His gold medal also qualifies Iguodala for induction into Arizona's Ring of Honor.
(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)